MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR FRIDAY: BEN ROTHWELL OFF UFC 203 DUE TO INJURY, FABRICIO WERDUM REMATCHES TRAVIS BROWNE

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Ben Rothwell away UFC 203 due to injury, Fabricio Werdum finds competitor MMAJunkie reported Thursday that Ben Rothwell is due to a knee injury. As a result, the UFC has found a replacement for former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, and it’s a familiar foe at Travis Browne, who Werdum conquered over five rounds in the event of a Fox card. UFC 203 takes place in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on September 10th. Here’s an updated look at the card. Stipe Miocic (c) (15-2) vs. Alistair Overeem (41-14) — Heavyweight championship Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1) vs. Travis Browne (18-4-1) Bethe Correia (9-2) vs. Jessica Eye (11-5) Mairbek Taisumov (25-5) vs. Nik Lentz (26-7-2) Phil”CM Punk” Brooks (0-0) vs. Mickey Gall (2-0) Drew Dober (16-7) vs. Jason Gonzalez (10-2) Urijah Faber (33-9) vs. Jimmie Rivera (19-1) Ray Borg (9-2) vs. Ian McCall (13-5-1) New group types in an effort to get UFC fighters unionized It was announced Thursday a new organization, The Professional Fighters Association (PFA), has formed in an effort to possess UFC fighters unionized through a media release. The team is headed labour lawyer Lucas Middlebrook, by baseball agent Jeff Borris and economist Andrew Zimbalist. Here’s what the press release had to say. “PFA won’t just be a marriage of fighters, but it will be governed solely by fighters, It is the fighters that will control their own futures. The PFA has also obtained the support of the MLBPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, NBAPA and MLSPU. I’ve been blessed to represent elite athletes for almost 40 decades, and think now more than ever in the benefits of collective bargaining to secure and improve terms and conditions of employment, That is why I fully support and promote efforts of their fighters to organize a union to represent them.” Said current executive director Donald Fehr. UFC fighters would have to challenge that standing legally in order to form a marriage and are independent contractors.
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